Wadebridge

Aerial view of Wadebridge Cornwall c John Such
Wadebridge, Cornwall
Wadebridge, Cornwall
Camel Trail, Wadebridge, Cornwall c Matt Jessop
Wadebridge, Cornwall

Discover Wadebridge

Located just inland on the Camel River estuary and once famous as a centre for wool production, Wadebridge is now a lively hub of the north coast. It’s the starting point for the most popular stretch of the Camel Cycle Trail. The town also provides a stop off point for visitors heading for the North coast, famous for big surf and beaches. Here you’ll find all you need for a picnic, tonight’s dinner or something chic for the beach as the streets are full of independent shops and boutiques.

The Camel Trail

The Wadebridge and Bodmin Railway Line was opened in 1834 and was one of the first built in the world, it carried the first steam trains in Cornwall and was the first in West Britain to carry passengers. In 1967 the North Cornwall line was closed for all passenger services and the route is now known as the Camel Trail and is popular with both walkers and cyclists.

The Camel Trail winds its way along the Estuary between Padstow and Wadebridge, then up into the hills of Bodmin Moor to Blisland. The scenery along this popular walking and cycling route is some of the most spectacular in the country.

There is bike hire available in Padstow and Wabebridge. The route between the two towns is mostly level, with some gentle slopes. With plenty of little coves and places to stop and admire the view or have a picnic along the way, the Camel trail is an ideal way to spend the day with the familly.

Reasons to visit Wadebridge

  • The Camel Trail 
  • Access to beautiful beaches either side of the Camel estuary
  • Riverside walks 
  • An array of quirky shops selling unusual gifts, artwork, clothing and books 
  • Great restaurants, cafes and pubs - Wadebridge is fast becoming a foodie destination

Things to do in Wadebridge

  • The Royal Cornwall Show, the county’s biggest agricultural jamboree takes place just outside Wadebridge in June
  • A popular folk festival is held in the town annually 
  • In the nearby village of Egloshayle is the "The Earl of St. Vincent" a public house dating back to the 12th Century, when it was built as a boarding house for the masons who constructed the church 
  • Visit Prideaux Place, a stunning Elizabethan manor house which overlooks the picturesque fishing harbour of Padstow about 15 minutes drive from Wadebridge
  • The Camel Trail is one of Cornwall’s biggest draws and ranks as one of most successful recreational multi use trail in the UK. Eighteen miles of trails run over moors and through woodland from Wadebridge to Bodmin and down to the sea at Padstow. There are plenty of places to hire bikes from at the start of the trail, or take your own 
  • Visit the Sir John Betjeman centre housed in the old railway station where you’ll find a room dedicated to then former Poet Laureate with many items of interest about the his life and times spent in Cornwall. There’s also a coffee lounge on site
  • Trelawney Garden Centre blossomed from a small roadside stall into massive all weather shopping experience for all green fingered enthusiasts. Themed shops, gifts, accessories and of course, plants and flowers
  • Going strong since 1980, Wadebridge Country Market takes place every Thursday at the Town Hall from 8:45am to 12:00pm. Local produce including fish, meat, cakes, pastries, savouries, jams, honey, eggs, fruit and vegetables and various crafts 
  • Take a trip up to St Breock downs a couple of miles away from the town for spectacular views out over the countryside. You’ll also find Cornwall’s biggest prehistoric monolith here weighing over 16 tonnes 

Useful Wadebridge links

Wadebridge Tourist Information Centre
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Farm holidays in Wadebridge

Cornwall
Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway - Cornwall's only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives.

North Coast
 With wild rides, new attractions and masses of indoor and outdoor adventure play, Camel Creek is a must for children of all ages – even grownups!

North Coast
A gentle 4 mile walk along part of the South West Coast Path through the dunes beside the golden beaches on the eastern bank of the River Camel, taking in Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman's grave in the churchyard of the tiny St Enodoc Church.

North Coast > Wadebridge
Your perfect art retreat holiday, capturing the stunning seascapes and landscapes in paint/pastel or pencils en-plein air under the guidance of professional artist & tutor Tony. All abilities and All media welcomed 

North Coast
The Camel estuary covers seven glorious miles of  the River Camel from the town of Wadebridge, past Rock to Polzeath and out to the west, Padstow out to Hawkers Cove.

North Coast > Wadebridge
Go ByCycle provide delivered Bike Hire across Cornwall including:  E-bikes (electric bikes suitable for touring/exploring), steel and carbon road bikes, light weight day bikes and family cycles. All delivered to you, where and when you need them.

Cornwall
The 18-mile Camel Trail links Padstow, Wadebridge, Wenfordbridge and Bodmin via a largely traffic-free route that follows an old railway track alongside the river Camel. Great for cycling, walking and nature watching for all the family.  

Cornwall
The Copper Trail is a walking route on Bodmin Moor. In total the walk is approximately 60 miles in length, passing through the many and varied landscapes and villages on the moor. 

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